Lake Placid Blog

I acknowledge and appreciate the saying "Every day is Earth Day," but don't you think Mother's Day should be a bit longer than just 24 hours? It doesn't have to be every day. I was thinking somewhere in between spring break and summer vacation. It's just a thought. Well, to work up an appetite for Mother's Day, a trip to North Country School may be the trick. Founded in 1938, North Country School is a boarding and day school for children grades 4-9. In addition to a traditional curriculum, North Country School offers unique wilderness, farm and arts activities to enrich and support a diverse... continue reading
By Diane Chase We are always looking for inside things to do that do not revolve around watching television. My children have complete understanding of how the TV remote works so my husband and I feel they do not require additional experience. Since my kids are climbing up the walls, really the door frames, we felt it is the perfect time to try the High Peaks Cyclery indoor climbing room. Appropriately named "The Climbery," High Peaks Cyclery has cordoned off an upstairs room, near the yoga studio, dedicated to the practice and perfection of rock climbing. We are all... continue reading
Each year the month of April brings with it great anticipation and lots of wagering on when the ice will go out of both Mirror and Placid lakes. As I write this today, overlooking the last vestiges of ice in Mirror Lake, I think about all the years I've been living here and wagering on ice out. The Lake Placid Ambulance Service has an annual fund-raiser, selling tickets for the ice-out - not just the date, but the exact time as well. They engage the expertise of local "Ice Meisters" who officially declare the exact time of ice out. There are some bars as well which have various sorts of... continue reading
Celebrating Earth Day in the Adirondacks is a natural fit. Showing your family a section of the world that has been protected and treasured by millions is the beginning of an important education. I do not need to get on my soapbox because each person that comes here has a love and respect for the Adirondack Park in common. So for this Earth Day, whatever we do, the gesture does not have to be grand. It can be more like a New Year's Resolution for the earth.With the Adirondack Park's unique mix of public and private land, I always hope my children will understand the importance of people... continue reading
By Diane ChaseMud Season? Bah! We always find something to do whether it is splashing around in the mud or making pies with it. We can't always stay outside so it's just as important to know some great inside activities around Lake Placid, Wilmington and the rest of the High Peaks. We are often out on hikes or enjoying a springtime Adirondack paddle but we still like to sit back and relax. Thankfully there are a lot of things to do when it's mud season or just a rainy day.Brush On In is a paint-your-own ceramic studio at 2520 Main Street in Lake Placid that we found to be a fun diversion... continue reading
By Diane ChaseWhile Mother Nature makes up her mind on whether to let spring happen or not, we are filling our days with shoulder season ski adventures and snowshoe treks. My Adirondack kids are outside building forts and erecting, what we think, will be the last snowman of winter. Due to the recent dumping of snow, this may not be the case.We are a bit stir crazy and I need a break from the winter. I just want to grab a quick bite to eat and not think about snow. My son suggests Bowlwinkles Family Entertainment Center in Lake Placid. He lobbies hard and wins. My son would live at Bowlwinkles... continue reading
I'm all for snow sports - we live in the Adirondacks, after all. If one doesn't ski, snowshoe, snowmobile or otherwise embrace the beautiful white blanket that covers the landscape for so many months, the winter could seem very long!However, as a recreational cyclist, I am quite happy to see the first signs of spring. I live on the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain, the lowest elevation in the region and usually the first to see sure signs of spring; robins and bicyclists.My first ride of the season was last weekend. It was nearly 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and sunny. I have to admit that it was... continue reading
By Diane ChaseA winter storm watch is not was what I was anticipating giving my child for her 8th birthday. She doesn't seem to mind though as long as she can play outside. She wants to explore and we want to join her.There are so many places in the Adirondacks that we just drive by on our journey to another location. We pass the trail signs and think that we need to just take the time to explore. The trail to Owens Pond, just outside Lake Placid, is one such trail. Part of the Sentinel Range Wilderness Area, Owens Pond is a quick 0.5-mile hike to a beautiful pond. There are three ponds... continue reading
The communications profession has evolved to include much more than traditional public relations - we now spend our days developing website content for search engine optimization, writing blogs, sending fancy targeted promotional emails and networking socially on the intertubes. As such, although it sometimes seems like playtime, tweeting is part of my job.Here are some recent Twitter "playtime" conversation highlights:Bieber feverI've been receiving a number of tweets via the destination @LakePlacidADK Twitter account from what I assume is a very young lady. She has repeatedly requested that... continue reading
Making maple syrup is not for the faint-of-heart. It is hardwork, challenging and requires dedication. It is also rewarding, educational and fun. After a brief maple educational experience around our house I learned I was not ready to step into a maple making business. My memory pictures my husband venturing deeper into the woods, tapping trees while I collected the sap in 10-gallon buckets via a jury-rigged milkmaid neck yoke. We were not prepared to set up a maple business but thought it was (and still do) a great experience for the children. My husband sat up at night boiling the sap over... continue reading


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